• RJI Fellow wants to make media, tech companies more aware of need to preserve content

    RJI Fellow wants to make media, tech companies more aware of need to preserve content
    September 16, 2019

    Nineteen of 21 news outlets weren’t doing anything to archive web content. A lack of awareness and action in this area has driven Neil Mara to leverage his industry experience and contacts to help find archiving solutions for media companies.
  • A LION Is born

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    A LION Is born
    October 31, 2018

    Dylan Smith was skeptical when, in 2010, he received an invitation to the first Block by Block conference. Leaving his one-person newsroom for a weekend for a conference aimed at local, independent, online news operators seemed like a waste of time.
  • Mediatwits 179: Hyper-local news succeeds without the scale

    Mediatwits
    Mediatwits 179: Hyper-local news succeeds without the scale
    November 13, 2015

    Since time immemorial (or at least the mid-’90s), tech and media companies believed that if you rolled up hundreds of tiny hyper-local news sites it would make a boffo business. So many tried and failed.